Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated right this moment he spoke together with his Armenian counterpart Nikol Pashinyan this morning to specific Canada’s considerations in regards to the warfare in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces that has raged on for weeks.
Speaking at a press convention in Ottawa, Trudeau stated he informed Pashinyan that “Canada will continue to work extremely hard with our allies to put an end to the violence.
“I encourage all sides to interact in dialogue to discover a peaceable decision to the battle.”
A readout of the phone call released by the Armenian side said Pashinyan talked to Trudeau about what he called Turkey’s “damaging involvement in hostilities and the unacceptable aspiration to impose its affect within the South Caucasus.” Pashinyan also thanked Trudeau for suspending the export of military goods to Turkey.
Armenian authorities have accused Turkey of sending arms — including F-16 fighter jets and combat drones, military advisers and Syrian jihadist mercenaries — to Azerbaijan to fight against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey and Azerbaijan deny these claims.
Two weeks ago, the Trudeau government suspended the export of sophisticated Canadian drone technology to Turkey while Ottawa investigates claims that it is being used by the Azerbaijani military against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Canada has also called on Turkey to stay out of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Trudeau said he would discuss the suspended export permits with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later in the day.
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“I’ll specific how necessary it’s for Canada and for our allies around the globe that there be a de-escalation of the violence within the area, and impress upon Turkey how necessary it’s to encourage folks to get again to the [negotiating] desk and never proceed to take part within the violent battle ongoing proper now,” Trudeau said.
A readout of the call between Trudeau and Erdogan released by the office of the Turkish president said “it’s in opposition to the [NATO] alliance spirit for Canada to droop the export of some navy merchandise to Turkey.”
Erdogan told Trudeau that the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict has escalated as a result of Armenian attacks.
“The undeniable fact that Nagorno-Karabakh has been beneath Armenia’s occupation for nearly 30 years is the basis explanation for the Azerbaijan-Armenia battle,” Erdogan said.
Azerbaijan is conducting its “counter-operation” within its internationally-recognized borders and on its own territory, Erdogan added.
Canada and its NATO and European allies are increasingly worried about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which has the potential to draw the rest of the North Atlantic alliance into a military confrontation with Russia.
Speaking to reporters from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius at the conclusion of his week-long European tour, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne echoed Trudeau’s comments.
“When it involves Nagorno-Karabakh, we would like all exterior events to remain out of this battle,” Champagne stated.